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Vista Region celebrates 20th annual Heritage Fair


In its 20th incarnation, the Heritage Fair was this past week in Trinity — representing the Vista Region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Projects from students of Grades 4-9 dealt with a variety of historical and social topics, with the theme of “Keeping our Stories Alive”.

Mykayla Payne and her project.

For Mykayla Payne, a Grade 9 student at Clarenville Middle, her project taught her about the role of the women during the First World War.
“I really wanted to highlight the importance of women,” Mykayla told The Packet.
She studied the Women’s Patriotic Association.
“They were a group of women who decided they wanted to do their bit in World War One … they made a bunch of things to send to men overseas,” said Mykayla. “They made knitted socks, they raised a lot of money — about $6.5 million (in today’s value).”
She says the socks were a part of their legacy and there are actually women in Corner Brook who are reviving the idea and sending socks to military people from Newfoundland and Labrador deployed overseas today.
While Mykayla focused on the role of women, other students also had personal subjects as their projects. For some, like Ruth-Ann Rowe whose project was on her great-great-great uncle, 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Manuel, they learned about relatives who fought in the Great War.
Others, like Grade 4 student Vikki Sainnawap of Southwest Arm Academy, also chose their topic because of their own heritage — the Oji-Cree people.
“Oji-Cree was my dad’s ancestors, that means my dad is also Oji-Cree and I’m part Oji-Cree,” she told The Packet.
She says she learned about the different food, clothes and the seven sacred teachings of the Oji-Cree, as well.
“They’re rules that Oji-Cree people follow,” said Vikki.
Many awards were presented following the event, including regional Young Citizens award, which went to Rebecca Penney and Klaire Hayward and the Ambassador Award, which went to Hayley Peddle.

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca
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What is the Heritage Fair?
The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Fairs Program began in 1997 as part of a national initiative to bring history to life for students in Grades 4-9.  Directly linked to school curricula, Heritage Fairs allows students to showcase their projects, using a variety of mediums. They are presented at school fairs where outstanding projects are selected to attend a regional fair.  Regional or provincial fairs are held in every Canadian province and territory each spring. Up to eight regional fairs are held each year in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1997, the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador has partnered with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Historica, Canada’s History, various cultural organizations and many sponsors and to manage the annual Heritage Fairs program.
SOURCE: HSA

Vikki Sainnawap studied the Oji-Cree as her project.

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